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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 4]

By Bryan Lasky, March 24th 2019

Amanda Palmer

Photos and Words by Bryan Lasky

Well, this was just one of those days where you keep finding little diamonds in the rough and sort of a continuation of seeing Santigold at a tiny space. First I walked about the trade show and saw technology and ideas that would blow your mind, but the highlight was definitely stumbling on to a sloth in a tree. I mean what’s better than a sloth in a tree. From there I wandered a bit, found the Good Omens party and had some food and eventually made my way to check out the British Music Embassy. Yet another diamond in the rough found me with Jimmy Sakurai playing a pop up acoustic set. The Japanese guitarist has a movie premiering about his life this week. If you don’t know who Jimmy is, he pays homage to Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin and it’s scary how much he moves, looks, and plays like Jimmy Page. Jimmy and his band played a short five-song set including “Stairway to Heaven” and “Going to California” and unfortunately, or fortunately, there were only about 30 people in the venue to witness this amazing talent.
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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 3]

By Bryan Lasky, March 23rd 2019

Santigold (and Olivia Wilde)

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

So on the third day of SXSW I decided to take it extremely easy. I walked around, found free food at the Land O’ Lakes pop up, the Amplify Philly House, and Uber Eats. I saw a few friends and relaxed and it was a nice way to make nonsense lost hour with the time change non-sense.

Tameca Jones

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Recap: SXSW 2019 [Day 2]

By Bryan Lasky, March 22nd 2019

Photos and Words by Bryan Lasky

A slightly slow start as panels and movies aren’t being looked into on my trip due to my badge, but also there is so much going on outside. There were plenty of activation spots to look into. Viceland’s roller rink saw a ton of people having a blast and looking like there were right out of the ’70s. Free food and drinks were plentiful all over the city. The Daily Show’s Presidential Twitter Library was just as hilarious, but also as frightening as you would think. As I was there, the President tweeted twice, and as it happened an alarm went off and everyone in the library rushed over and laughed uncontrollably. Again, it was hilarious, but also ridiculous that this is our current state of affairs.
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Recap: SXSW 2018 [Day 1]

By Bryan Lasky, March 22nd 2019

Bishop Briggs

Photos + Words by Bryan Lasky

Well, I got down to Austin a little early to hang with friends and get my badge. It was the right move as I had a literal zero minute wait time to get my credentials and then I saw some of the art exhibits and saw the city gearing up for the oncoming storm. East 6th was already shut down and people were definitely already in full festival mode. The mood was ecstatic.

As for the art installations, I saw Weaving by Cocolab, APPARATUM and hash2ash by panGenerator (Krzysztof Cybulski, Krzysztof Golinski, Jakub Kozniewski), and EVERY THING EVERY TIME by Naho Matsuda. Each exhibit was very engaging and I love that the arts are represented very well here at SXSW.

A Giant Dog

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We’ve had our eye on rising Glasgow indie rockers The Ninth Wave, which made them a must-see act at this weekend’s inaugural New Colossus Festival, taking place across venues mainly on the Lower East Side. They were in town for a few sets before they head down to Austin for SXSW and we caught their brief but attention-grabbing set last night at Arlene’s Grocery where they easily won over everyone fortunate enough to find themselves in the room.

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Recap: iii Points Festival 2019 [Day 3]

By Dana Pacifico, February 21st 2019

Photos by Dana Pacifico

Following Day 1 of and Day 2 of iii Points Festival in Miami, we returned for the 3rd and final day of the fest, featuring a strong bill of A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Khruangbin, David August and Aja Monet.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from all the performances, all of which you can find posted in the photo gallery below.
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Recap: iii Points Festival 2019 [Day 2]

By Dana Pacifico, February 21st 2019

Photos by Dana Pacifico

Following Day 1 of iii Points Festival in Miami, we returned for Day 2 that featured more heavily on soul, dance and hip-hop. Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from all of Day 2, which featured performances from SZA, James Blake, James Murphy (DJ Set), Yaeji and Masego.

Find all of her shots from Day 2 posted in the photo gallery below.
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Recap: iii Points Festival 2019 [Day 1]

By Dana Pacifico, February 21st 2019

Photos by Dana Pacifico

This year saw iii Points Festival’s sixth year in Miami, featuring a great collection of artists spanning across many genres. The first day of the festival took place on Friday, February 15th, featuring sets from Tyler, The Creator, Pussy Riot, a Toro y Moi DJ set, Beach House, Jacques Greene, The Internet, Channel Tres, Tama Gucci and more.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from all of Day 1’s festivities. Find all of her shots posted in the gallery below.
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Preview: iii Points

By Dana Pacifico, February 14th 2019

It’s not every year single people look forward to Valentine’s Day weekend but here we are gearing up for a great one in Mana Wynwood, Miami for iii Points. Self-proclaimed “Festival of The Alternative Mind”, iii Points stands out from the crowd – which is important to do when the market is completely over-saturated and line-ups all looking rather similar. iii Points is the perfect niche blend of hip-hop and electronic to keep everyone dancing and bobbin’ well into the late night (the curfew isn’t till 5 am!).

Every day is stacked with heavy hitters and a great underground undercard. As someone who attends festivals quite frequently, there is so much unknown that I am giddy at what will be learned and loved by the end of the weekend. Tyler, The Creator, Beach House, SZA, James Blake, A$AP Rocky & Erykah Badu lead the line-up with exciting subs to follow. The Internet, Pussy Riot, Toro y Moi, James Murphy (!!!), Yaeji, Blood Orange, Khruangbin, Godspeed You! Black Emperor & DJ Koze create an eclectic grouping sure to cater to anyone’s musical tastes/needs. Smerz is a Norwegian duo with this dark feel. The second I heard their song, “Because”, I was instantly hooked. Looking forward to seeing these ladies kick off a great Saturday evening.

Not only does iii Points deliver with a great music line-up but they also provide world-class art installations. Max Cooper + Architecture Social Club will be bringing to life a light sculpture that looks as if it could be a giant hologram but instead made up of thousands of lights mapped to immerse the viewer in conjunction with live audio. Another incredible snag by the festival is trailblazing & iconic feminist artist, Judy Chicago. ICA Miami will be bringing Chicago’s installation, “Atmospheres” to the festival via video presentation. “Atmospheres” is a performance piece that uses smoke and fireworks to “feminize” the natural landscape. Originally, these performances took place between 1968 and 1975 throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.

With so much music and art to look forward to at iii Points not to mention the great weather forecast make sure you stay hydrated, put on sunscreen and bring your dancing shoes. It’s going to be a great weekend.




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